(CNSNews.com) – “I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking” about North Korea, President Trump told Fox News at Monday’s Easter Egg Roll.
“I’m not like other administrations, where they say, ‘We’re going to do this in four weeks,’ and then it doesn’t work that way.
“We’ll see what happens. I hope things work out well, I hope there’s going to be peace,” Trump told Fox News’s Ainsley Earhardt, who caught up with him on the White House grounds.
Trump spoke shortly after Vice President Mike Pence visited the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. Pence warned that “all options are on the table” when it comes to North Korea, and he said “the era of strategic patience is over.”
In response, a North Korean official accused the United States of bringing the world to the brink of thermonuclear war.
In his interview with Earhardt, Trump noted that previous presidents, going back to Bill Clinton, have “all been outplayed” by the North Korean regime. Clinton, in October 1994, announced an agreement with North Korea that would “end the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.” But the opposite happened.
On Monday, Earhardt asked Trump what happens if North Korea launches another missile.
“We’ll find out,” Trump said. He refused to comment on whether the United States sabotaged the latest North Korean missile test, which failed moments after launch on Saturday.
Trump repeated that he’s developed a close working relationship with the President Xi of China, who “understands” that North Korea is a “big problem.”
“Now, what am I going to do, start a trade war with China in the middle of him working on a bigger problem, frankly, with North Korea? And so I’m dealing with China with great respect, I have great respect for him (Xi). We’ll see what he can do.
“Now maybe he won’t be able to help. That’s possible. I think he’s trying.”
Trump said he won’t “hit China with currency manipulation” at a time when China is working on behalf of the U.S. and its concerns with North Korean hostility.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday appealed for calm on the Korean Peninsula and said he believes the United States would prefer a diplomatic resolution to the standoff, the Associated Press reported.
Wang told reporters that although U.S. officials have made clear that a military strike remains on the table, he believes that Washington would still prefer to de-escalate tensions through multi-sided talks.